Pepper is not just a way to add spice to your cooking; it is also a very powerful tool that can help prevent many illnesses while giving you a healthy kick. In fact, pepper – that is proper ground peppercorn – can even prevent women from developing breast cancer, according to recent studies conducted by University of Michigan Cancer Center. This is specifically powerful when mixed with turmeric, another spice that you can combine to make a delicious Indian style curry dish.
But that’s not all pepper can do for you. Here are some other reasons to include pepper in your daily diet.
It’s a natural decongestant
Are you suffering from a cold? Do you have a stuffed up nose? Sniffles? Runny nose? All can be alleviated by adding a little pepper to your diet. Haven’t you ever noticed that pepper makes you sneeze? This is because pepper will irritate the mucus membranes in your sinuses, making the mucus much thinner. This way, you can easily blow your nose and get rid of all your nasal woes. Many experts agree that by adding a few pinches of pepper to your favorite comfort food will do wonders for your breathing. So, next time you are stuffed up, put the Sudafed down and head over to your spice rack.
Color-guard your clothes
If you are sick of having your favorite clothes fade in the wash, and you are sick of trying out different “color-guard” detergents, you may just find relief from your favorite spice. Pepper can actually help your clothes keep their color without fading. Try adding a few teaspoons of pepper to your laundry along with your regular amount of detergent. You don’t have to worry about the pepper clinging to your clothes as it will simply wash out with the rinse cycle. Not only will you keep your clothes looking brand new, you will also save money since you don’t have to cough up dough for a special color-guard detergent or additive.
Most of us want to keep our skin looking young and healthy, but to do so, we need to open up are wallets in order to buy the latest innovative facial cream that should scrub away dead skin, leaving your face looking young and smooth. But pepper is a cheaper alternative to these pricey exfoliates. What’s more, it will do just as well as a name brand product. Pepper will stimulate circulation in your face, which will increase oxygen levels and bring nutrients to the surface. The outcome: healthy, young looking skin. And don’t forget that the coarse nature of pepper will scrape off all dead skin, better than the products you keep in the medicine cabinet.
Pepper comes in many different forms: white, black, and green. Black pepper is the spiciest and most aromatic, while white pepper is slightly less hot but still packs a rich aroma, while the green pepper is the tamest and also has a slight sweet flavor. Try them all to determine which pepper is best for you, or should I say, best tasting for you.